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    Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd: The Shoelace He Was Wearing When He Was Killed By Law Enforcement Agents In 1934

    Agents finally cornered Floyd near East Liverpool, Ohio. The consignor's grandfather, William F. Farrall, operated a gas station in the town and witnessed the events surrounding Floyd's death. The notorious gangster's body was taken to a local funeral home, and the brother of the East Liverpool police chief took Floyd's entire suit and shoes home as a souvenir. At the time, he took one shoestring and gave it to the consignor's grandfather. Shortly thereafter the FBI, having learned from the funeral home what had happened, went to the man's home and retrieved the clothing. Thus only this one shoestring escaped confiscation. William Farrall mounted it on a small piece of cardboard, as shown, and displayed it for many years in the candy case of his gas station. It is now accompanied by a detailed letter of provenance from the consignor, as well as a copy of the local newspaper covering Floyd's shooting. A unique relic from one of the most violent gangsters of his day.

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    May, 2011
    21st Saturday
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